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Police launch drive in 15 poll ‘hot spots’

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2 PNP CHIEFS. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas says he is considering help from Muslim groups in Mindanao to ensure peaceful elections next year. Roxas is speaking at a news conference in Camp Crame with PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome (to his right) and PNP deputy director Alan Purisima (to his left). MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Fifteen provinces considered “high-risk” areas for election violence will get special attention from the Philippine National Police three months before the start of the campaign for the May 2013 midterm elections.

The 15 provinces are traditional hot spots during elections.

Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II told reporters on Friday that the 15 provinces would get priority in the security preparations for next year’s elections, as they posed the biggest problems, including private armed groups, loose firearms, threat groups, criminal groups and intense political rivalry.

The 15 high-risk provinces are Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan.

“We now start operations in these 15 provinces to address the risk of [election] violence,” Roxas said in a news conference to launch the Task Force Safe and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013.

The national election security task force used to be called Task Force HOPE, for Honest Orderly and Peaceful Elections.

With Roxas at the news conference held at PNP general headquarters in Camp Crame were outgoing PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome, and the incoming PNP chief, Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, who is also the overall task group commander.

In Maguindanao, where 58 people, including 32 journalists, were brutally killed on Nov. 23, 2009, in the worst election-related violence in the country, the PNP has identified four private armed groups. There are about 4,000 loose firearms in the province, the PNP said.

The PNP has reported 27 election-related incidents so far, with six public officials killed.

Bartolome said PNP teams would round up firearms whose licenses had expired. Carrying search warrants, the teams will go to the last known addresses of the owners of those firearms, Bartolome said.

The PNP said the licenses of 552,338 firearms had not been renewed, making them loose firearms.

The PNP said at least 25,065 firearms, mostly handguns, were in use but never registered.

When asked if the government would go after politicians with private armies, Roxas said the government could not do that, as it did not have proof to link politicians to private armies.

Instead, the government will go after the armed groups to deprive politicians of the services of such groups, Roxas said.

“What can they (the politicians) do if there are no more armed groups?” Roxas said.

The campaign for national offices will start on Feb. 12, 2013, while the campaign for local posts will begin on March 29, 2013.


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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Manuel Roxas III , Mar Roxas


  • EdgarEdgar

    PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome is not easily swayed by optics. He has seen the likes of Mar Roxas many times and is therefore not easily impressed by Mar’s sound bites, media-savvy and PR bullshiit. Those who have worked closely with Mar remember him for one thing — delegation of work. If anything, Mar is not called a strategic visionary for nothing. He is strategic because he’s not hands-on. He’s a visionary because his visions are all intangible and therefore immeasurable. Hot spots or not come May 2013, we can all expect Mar Roxas to appear more often on national TV, invite himself to talk shows and make his empty sound bites as if he’s the busiest man on earth. Man does not live on bread alone, but Mar can live on ‘laway’ alone.

    • noel

      clear you’re paid by binay

      • EdgarEdgar

        wrong. i was hired by the late Jesse Robredo to expose the real Mar Roxas.

      • noel

        sinungaling….jess ang mar isa lang, lalaban sa mga corrupt gaya ng idol mo 

      • EdgarEdgar

        not true. not if you know the dynamics at play in the palace. and not if you saw how cold and distant Leni was to Mar during the search and rescue operations. but you’re better off not knowing anything, for ignorance can also be bliss. have a great weekend Leon.

      • noel

        pls trace the family wealth of binays b-4 cory apntd him as caretaker of makati

      • EdgarEdgar

        I support the investigation of Heidi Mendoza on the Binays. I support COA’s investigations to uphold accountability. I support DOJ’s field investigation into other Binay properties in Batangas, Cagayan and other areas. No one should be above the law. But no one should be a victim of selective application of the law either. Do you now believe that Filipinos can be impartial and need not be pro-Binay to speak out against the incompetence of Mar Roxas?

        I’ll pray for your political maturity. Have a great weekend Leon.

      • DeenkiSolyman

        It possible that Mar Roxas had promised Erin Tanada of good position in government. But in one condition, bakbakan niya si Exe. Sec. Ochoa.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Not entirely inconceivable. Not at all.

      • moral_angel

        Si Sec. Mar Roxas ang padrino ni Erin Tanada kaya halos dilaan nito ang sakong ng paa ni Mar, yuck kadiri!

      • TGM_ERICK

        How can he, he is in heaven and you’re here on earth. Funny!Hehehe1

      • batangpaslit

        hahaha…ayos na sagot ah

    • Mamang Pulis

      sound bites–go after owners with expired / unregistered FA–magbahay bahay daw sila at kakatok–

      I would love to see that in the plains / marsh of Liguasan, inside Basilan Peak, Puno Mahadji, Manggal, Sumisip, Bohe Pajo, Bohe Lebong, Unkayya Pukan, From Parang to Luuk, Sulu

      media stunts–where is orginal boy bawang? remember the Koring/Mar TV ‘tweetums’ effect [ t a n g i n a n g s h i t ]

      PNP Chief Bartolome would not want to blemish his almost spotless career—so sige lang, paka saya kayo, I will go out quietly.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Indeed. PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome has my highest respect.

  • nti_boohaya

    I like this!  Start with the lords, as in dilg-drug, isda, gambling, logging lords up north, down south and in between.  Siguro fair warning naman sa mga  may ari ng dating may rehistradong baril para ipa update ang mga registration nila by March, prior to election period.  Naku po 500,000 na baril times 200 registration fee divided by  two equals pasalubong at pabaon.  Wag naman sana.  Pang

  • AktingGMA

    Nagpakatuta na si Cong. Erin Tanada ni Sec. Mar Roxas. Kung ano iutos ni Mar, sunod lang si Erin. Good boy, good boy.

  • Your_King

    If the Administration and Comelec ignore the issue with the PCOS machines and the problem with the scanning of ballots then all the Philippines will be polling ‘hot spots.’

  • opinyonlangpo

    There is  a culture of violence and greed that motivates politicians to win at all cost. Sec. Roxas is right on giving special attention to these provinces although its a bit late as for some opposition were already suppressed.There should be more police visibility in these areas and eliminate PAGs and loose firearms. One way of doing this is disqualifying candidates maintaining PAGs or caught with loose firearms. Election is coming, surely dangerous and violent days are also coming in these areas. 

  • Josemakabayan

    How about rounding up first loose firearms of private armies ????? And in Mindanao where there is a love affair with guns. ???

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/f715069e-2e1e-11e2-a30b-000bcdcb471e paiburong

    is there an effort by media to grahically depict Mar Roxas as scarry and unattractive? I noticed many of his media photos recently are not amiable.  advance anti-roxas propaganda maybe for 2016 presidential election!

  • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

    Nasama ang Pampanga, kasi nga ang mga Pineda fully armed ang mga iyan at wag kang sasalungat sa kanila , mete ka sabi nga nila….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    DAPAT LINISIN NI MAR ANG PNP, BJMP, BFP, OFFICERS NA LANTARAN NA SUMUSUPORTA KAY BINAY. ALISIN SILA SA PWESTO KAWAW ANG MGA OPISYAL NA PROSPESYONAL NA WALANG KINKAMPIHAN AT D SIPSIP PARA LANG MAKA PUMUWESTO. ALAM NI MAR YAN KUNG SINO SILA TAPOS SILA PA ANG NANDYAN. ITS UNFAIR!!!!!

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    MR. DILG SECRETARY BASTA GOOD GOVERNANCE LANG AT MAKAKABUTE SA BAYAN ANG ATING TUWID NA LANDAS NA TATAHAKIN WALANG ABUSUHAN AT MAGING PAREHAS SA PANGGOGOBYERNO AT WALANG KINIKILINGAN….

    GOOD GOVERNANCE ANG PAIRALIN NG DILG SA PNP AT LOCAL OFFICIALS NG SA GAYON AY MAGKAROON TAYO NG MATINONG PANGGOGOBYERNO AT LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN AT PAMAMALAKAD NG PULISYA…..

    MARAMING ABUSADO SA PULISYA AT LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN AT ANG MABUTING PAMAMAHALA AY NAGMUMULA SA PATULOY NA PAGLILINIS NG HANAY NG GOBYERNO UPANG MAGING MABUTE AT MATINO ANG PULISYA AT LOKAL NA OPISYAL NA MAGPAPATUPAD SA TUNGKULIN TUNGO SA PAMAMALAKAD NG PARA SA KAPAYAPAAN LABAN SA KRIMINALIDAD AT ANG PAGPAPAUNLAD NG ATING BANSA…….

    KAHIT ANG SIMPLENG CYBER CRIMES O MGA PANGGUGULO O KRIMEN SA INTERNET AY MASUGPO NG PULISYA GAYA NG HACKING OR IBAT IBANG NAKAKAPERWISYO SATING PAMUMUHAY IN OUR MODERN TECHNOLOGY……WAG NATING PABAYAAN NA ANG MASAYANG PAMUMUHAY SA PAGUNLAD AT PAGGAMIT NG INTERNET AY PEPERWISYUHIN LANG NG MGA KRIMINAL NG LIPUNAN AT MGA MAL-EDUKADONG TAO AT HINDI MARUNONG PUMAREHAS SA PAMAMAHAYAG….

    GAYUN DIN ANG MGA ABUSONG IMPORMANTE NG KAPULISAN O MAMAMAYAN NA NAGAALARMA LANG NG BAYAN AT GOBYERNO SA MALING AKALA AT PANINIRA LANG PARA UMAKSYON ANG GOBYERNO AT MAKAALRMA NG TAO AT PAWANG NAKAKAGULO LANG ITO AT NAKAABALA AT PERWSIYO SA LIPUNAN………

    MULI MAGING TUWID ANG PAMAMAHALA NG DILG SA PNP AT LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN AT WAG MAGING ABUSADO AT BIAS AT UNJUST OR UNEQUAL SA PAMAMALAKAD….

    PROTECT AND PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS……

  • MonMayuga

    Bakit kaya napasama ang lalawigan ng Batangas dito? Ni wala ngang kalaban si Vilma eh!



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